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[APP]Chrome APK Packager-Generates Chrome Packages from Apps installed on your phone

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bpear96

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Download from the Play Store
or direct APK link

Chrome APK Packager is a convenient way to produce Chrome ARChon Custom Runtime packages directly from your phone.

You can generate chrome packages from either APKs on your phones storage, or from apps installed on your phone (It will pull APK)

Open the App, select an APK or App from list. App Name and package name are both pulled from the APK and put into the manifest.json file. Everything is then zipped together in a ChromeAPK folder on your phones storage.

Requires https://github.com/vladikoff/chromeos-apk/blob/master/archon.md ARChon Custom Runtime which allows for "unlimited" number of android apps to be installed. (Google Runtime is limited to 4 apps.)

App is now open source! https://github.com/bpear96/Chrome-APK-Packager

TODO:
  • Allow orientation/mode to be changed (landscape/tablet)
  • Sort installed app selection alphabetically
  • Better UI
  • Local web server to be able to push files to chromebook (maybe)
  • Easily share generated zip (To Google drive, email etc)

Credits:
Tydi for the awesome icon!
https://github.com/Nimrodda/WizarDroid Library
http://www.lingala.net/zip4j/ Library

Changelog:
Beta 8 (v0.9.5)
  • Option to enable External Directory (Can select where you want app to read/write )
  • Option to enable ADB.
Beta 7 (v0.9.4)
Beta 6 (v0.9.3)
  • Run media scanner. Makes sure new files appear when connected to PC.
  • UI Improvements. Tinted status bar and MaterialDialog popups. http://i.imgur.com/7txpzkV.png
Beta 5 (v0.9.2)
  • Removed unnecessary dependency (50% decrease in app size)
  • Properly handle back button press.
Beta 4 (V0.9.1)
  • Clean up unnecessary folders after app runs. (unzipped chrome app, pulled apk folder)
  • Progress Dialog appears when generating Chrome package/zipping
  • Entire process should be smoother now.
Beta 3 (V0.9)
  • Pressing phone/tablets back button now prompts user to restart wizard.
Beta 2 (V0.8)
  • Add "Share Chrome app" button. Allows user to easily share generated app to Google Drive, email, etc.
  • Add Progress dialogs when generating APK list, and pulling APK.
Beta 1.1 (v0.7)
  • Small UI changes
  • Play Store release.
Beta 1 (V0.6):
Alpha 5:
  • App can now be generated with different settings correctly (Mode/Orientation). Settings were not cleaning correctly before so if user generated app again with different settings it would not work.
Alpha 4:
  • Added options (Choose between phone/tablet and portrait/landscape layou)

Alpha 3:
  • APK Icon is now extracted and packaged for chrome.
  • Using Tydi Icon :D Thanks! Really appreciate it.

Alpha 2:
  • Alphabetically sort installed apps.
  • Alert user to wait for popup telling them there Chrome App is ready. (A bit buggy)
 
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Stormwing

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Feb 23, 2010
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Sweet! Could I request a couple things though?

1. Allow for custom icons and/or extract the one within the apk
2. In addition to formfactor and orientation, add "resize":"scale" to the manifest.jeon
3. This might be difficult, but root access, and copy necessary data and obb files from /system

Great work man!
 

scottharris4

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Oct 5, 2011
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anyone know of a fully working twitter app? The Twitter app works fine for everything but writing tweets as far as I can tell, the third party twitter app I use can't login.
 

zeldor

Member
Feb 14, 2012
13
2
fabulous but need tablet mode

so it works great to convert K9 email to my chromebook but its the narrow phone format not the nice wide
tablet format.
so getting an option to use the -tablet switch that the underlying process supports would be real handy.

thanks
 

christbeliever17

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Dec 11, 2010
4
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Trying to get the Plume App to work.

I've come so close to getting Plume (3rd party Twitter app) to work. Chrome will open the app and the Android Logo will appear, and it won't do anything beyond that. I'm running Chrome Beta, whether that makes any difference or not.
 

christbeliever17

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Dec 11, 2010
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Am I doing something wrong?

I've loaded many apps on my Chromebox. Unzip'ed all the apk's and loaded them as extensions. All of the apps just sit at the Android Logo screen, and don't do anything. Do I need to do something else to get them going? I've tried these apps: Snapseed, Plume & Photo Mate R2.
 

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    Download from the Play Store
    or direct APK link

    Chrome APK Packager is a convenient way to produce Chrome ARChon Custom Runtime packages directly from your phone.

    You can generate chrome packages from either APKs on your phones storage, or from apps installed on your phone (It will pull APK)

    Open the App, select an APK or App from list. App Name and package name are both pulled from the APK and put into the manifest.json file. Everything is then zipped together in a ChromeAPK folder on your phones storage.

    Requires https://github.com/vladikoff/chromeos-apk/blob/master/archon.md ARChon Custom Runtime which allows for "unlimited" number of android apps to be installed. (Google Runtime is limited to 4 apps.)

    App is now open source! https://github.com/bpear96/Chrome-APK-Packager

    TODO:
    • Allow orientation/mode to be changed (landscape/tablet)
    • Sort installed app selection alphabetically
    • Better UI
    • Local web server to be able to push files to chromebook (maybe)
    • Easily share generated zip (To Google drive, email etc)

    Credits:
    Tydi for the awesome icon!
    https://github.com/Nimrodda/WizarDroid Library
    http://www.lingala.net/zip4j/ Library

    Changelog:
    Beta 8 (v0.9.5)
    • Option to enable External Directory (Can select where you want app to read/write )
    • Option to enable ADB.
    Beta 7 (v0.9.4)
    Beta 6 (v0.9.3)
    • Run media scanner. Makes sure new files appear when connected to PC.
    • UI Improvements. Tinted status bar and MaterialDialog popups. http://i.imgur.com/7txpzkV.png
    Beta 5 (v0.9.2)
    • Removed unnecessary dependency (50% decrease in app size)
    • Properly handle back button press.
    Beta 4 (V0.9.1)
    • Clean up unnecessary folders after app runs. (unzipped chrome app, pulled apk folder)
    • Progress Dialog appears when generating Chrome package/zipping
    • Entire process should be smoother now.
    Beta 3 (V0.9)
    • Pressing phone/tablets back button now prompts user to restart wizard.
    Beta 2 (V0.8)
    • Add "Share Chrome app" button. Allows user to easily share generated app to Google Drive, email, etc.
    • Add Progress dialogs when generating APK list, and pulling APK.
    Beta 1.1 (v0.7)
    • Small UI changes
    • Play Store release.
    Beta 1 (V0.6):
    Alpha 5:
    • App can now be generated with different settings correctly (Mode/Orientation). Settings were not cleaning correctly before so if user generated app again with different settings it would not work.
    Alpha 4:
    • Added options (Choose between phone/tablet and portrait/landscape layou)

    Alpha 3:
    • APK Icon is now extracted and packaged for chrome.
    • Using Tydi Icon :D Thanks! Really appreciate it.

    Alpha 2:
    • Alphabetically sort installed apps.
    • Alert user to wait for popup telling them there Chrome App is ready. (A bit buggy)
    8
    Nice app, but stock icon, made that for you :angel:
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    See "List of compatible apps" on this page

    http://www.reddit.com/r/chromeapks
    5
    App is back on the Play Store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.bpear.archonpackager

    Just pushed out another update. You can now enable ADB and you can now enable the option to select where the app will store/read its files http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=6047635 (useful for apps like emulators etc where you need to read files. Also useful for apps that download files.)